Chances are, you know how to wipe down a mirror or dust off your fan blades, but spring cleaning can be easier, more efficient, and even fun when you use some of the most popular spring cleaning tips for 2018:
Decluttering & Organizing
Before you pick up the 409 and a cleaning cloth to start scrubbing away at your home, take a while to declutter. Go through closets and pull out anything that you haven’t worn in a decade or two. Use the rule of four; if you put something on four times and decided not to wear it each time, it’s not likely to be something you’ll ever wear. Donate it instead. Look over shelves of books and knick-knacks to see what you really care about and what’s just taking up space. If you can’t remember where something came from or who gave it to you and it doesn’t bring a smile to your face when you look at it, put it into storage or add it to the donate pile. Once you know what you’re keeping and what’s going, it will be easier to start the actual cleaning.
With all of the places in your home to clean, it can feel like a daunting task. Springtime isn’t over in a single day, so it’s totally fine if your cleaning continues for a few days or weeks. Making a schedule and tackling tasks one at a time can result in an immaculate home in less time than you’d imagine with a significant decrease in stress. You can schedule tasks by room (bathrooms one day, bedrooms the next, etc.) or by project (dusting one day, windows and mirrors later, etc.). Don’t pressure yourself to get it all done in one go, but be sure to stick to your schedule after you make it! Since many tasks end up spreading dust and dirt to the floor of your home, sweep or vacuum along with every job.
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High Tech Cleaning
This is 2018, if you’re still pushing a vacuum around by hand, you’re doing it wrong. With high-tech options available at low prices, it’s easy to turn your regular cleaning routine into something automatic. Sweeping and vacuuming robots are popular options for floors while sonic cleaning brushes (think electric toothbrush-style gadgets) eliminate the need for putting in your own elbow grease. Now might also be the time to invest in an air purifier to help trap and eliminate airborne allergens and dust kicked up from the rest of your cleaning.
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Many people believe that a little dusting here or cleaning out a gutter there is enough to count as spring cleaning, but in reality, there is a lot of maintenance to be done in your home that requires a professional.
To improve air quality, get your air ducts cleaned. If the grout between your floor tiles is looking dingy, hire a professional to perform a thorough scrubbing along with resealing to keep things looking bright all year long.
Of course, we can’t forget your carpets. No matter how many times you vacuum and even if you steam clean them regularly yourself, there’s no comparison to the cleanliness achieved with a professional carpet cleaning.